Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wasteland #24

Written by Antony Johnston
Art by Christopher Mitten

I think Michael puts it best at the end of this issue when he says, "Dog Tribes. Don't even try to understand them." And with that, our heroes are finished with the Dog Tribe arc, and are moving on to other things.

It is a testament to the skill that Johnston and Mitten are bringing to this book that they have so fully developed the culture and look of the Dog Tribes, but are likely done with them now. This series has always been about myth building on a grand scale, and this becomes another example of that. As this series continues, I wouldn't say it becomes more complex, but it does become richer and richer, making me think that stories could be set in this world for years to come, even as Michael and Abi set out once again for A-Ree-Yass-I, and I presume, some form of resolution to this title.

The Ankya Ofsteen piece in this issue signifies big changes as well, as I presume her giving up on the task of reaching the sea must mean that her adventures are also either drawing to a close, or moving into a new direction. I hope these one-page stories aren't stopping.

Next issue is double-sized, in full colour, and new reader friendly. I hope that this title picks up a pile of new and loyal readers.

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